The Wind Rises

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Stu­dio: Stu­dio Ghi­bli (Ja­pan) Di­rec­tor: Hayao Miyazaki Dis­trib­u­tor: Touchs­tone Pic­tures Re­lease Date: Novem­ber 8 (lim­ited) Box Of­fice: $118 mil­lion Synop­sis: Based on Miyazaki’s orig­i­nal manga, the film is a fic­tion­al­ized ac­count of the life of World War II fighter plane de­signer Jiro Horikoshi, who strug­gles to ful­fill his dreams while deal­ing with per­sonal tragedy in the guise of a doomed love in­ter­est. The Odds: Miyazaki’s fi­nal di­rec­to­rial hur­rah be­fore re­tire­ment would seem a fit­ting time to of­fer the Ja­panese mas­ter one last chance at the Os­car, which he won in 2002 for Spir­ited Away, though his last film, Ponyo failed to make the nom­i­na­tions list. The film’s ma­ture, his­tor­i­cal sub­ject mat­ter surely set it apart from the masses of kid-cen­tric fare in com­pe­ti­tion.

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